Klon O. Row, 83, who was a self-employed manufacturers representative for 32 years before retiring in 1985, died of congestive heart failure and complications from diabetes July 21 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Row, who lived in Chevy Chase, was a native of Junior, W.Va. He came to Washington in 1933 and worked as a grocery store clerk and for an ice cream company before starting his own business, Klon O. Row Inc., which represented makers of building products for commercial construction.
During World War II, he enlisted in the Army despite qualifying for an exemption from military service as a father of two infant children.
He went on to serve as an infantry radio man with the 1st Division, "The Big Red One," and was wounded by enemy artillery during the Battle of the Bulge. His military honors included the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
He was active in professional, civic and charitable organizations. He was a member of the board of directors of the Society of the 1st Infantry Division and chairman of the executive committee and a trustee of the 1st Infantry Foundation.
He also was a member of the Washington Building Congress, the Associated Builders and Contractors, the Construction Specification Institute, the Reciprocity Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Kenwood Golf and Country Club board of governors.
A Shriner, he was a member of Mount Herman Lodge in Hyattsville, the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Maryland, Almas Temple of Washington and Almas Bethesda-Chevy Chase Shrine Club.
His wife of 51 years, Beatrice H. Row, died in 1990.
Survivors include four children, Pamela Row of Mountain View, Calif., Marsha Nicholson of Springfield, Stephen Row of Gaithersburg and Dorothy Row of Arlington; a brother; and five grandchildren.